Wednesday, September 30, 2009

little tiburon loop

little tibur. i have passed by this chunk of land for months and never done the loop until now. i'm still not sure what to think about it. it's pretty cool at times, almost like a fake-mountain road.. super windy, but where's the climb-ups/bail-downs? isn't this supposed to be bail-down land? we'll try it clockwise next time. otherwise, some nice views and the town of tiburon is a pretty cool marin style little town (although probably full of tourists) and paradise beach (photo) was nice too.

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Total Distance: 61.45 km (38.2 mi)
Total Time: 3:33:37
Moving Time: 2:30:01
Average Speed: 17.26 km/h (10.7 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 24.58 km/h (15.3 mi/h)
Max Speed: 63.90 km/h (39.7 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -38 m (-124 ft)
Max Elevation: 70 m (228 ft)
Elevation Gain: 511 m (1678 ft)
Max Grade: 8 %
Min Grade: -8 %
Recorded: Sat Sep 19 15:46:31 PDT 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

tour De tahoe '09

here we rode around the lake clockwise starting and ending in stateline NV. my phone was having trouble functioning on this particular day, so i can only go by my friend pat's cat eye astrada bike computer that said moving time was something around 3 and a half hours.. i remember the top speed being 48.7, a maximum for both of us, and 72 miles from start to finish. "go to lake tahoe." -me

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Friday, September 11, 2009

dutchman's point (inverness california) tomales bay

this is a nice ride. take highway one north from mill valley to in between olema and point reyes station you take a left (sir francis drake) and head to inverness. then there's a secret area that we we're lucky enough to stumble upon called "dutchman's point".. here there's a photo of the legendary dutchman himself (who found this land on christmas day 1952 and has lived there ever since.) any explanation would be futile, but i can tell you that he has clean running water (a hole in the ground), several alters, nice beds tucked out of the wind in various locations, he's building walls everywhere to prevent erosion and other things beyond my comprehension, communicates with animals such as foxes and birds, watches the sharks breed in the bay, clears away the trees from shading the beach, lifts "weights" using tension on branches in elaborate systems... etc. etc. etc..    he's in his 80's now and when he had a stroke and the dr. told him to go on medication he was offended and instead went to "spiral mountain" to heal himself. the "black mountain as my alter and the sky as my god" or something to that effect is something he once said to us.  (black moutain is seen behind the "faux" dutchman.. for some reason this pic makes it look small) he grew up on the border of holland and germany durring world war II and the blackbirds that fend off turkey vultures mid-air remind him of dog fights he witnessed as a child.

absent are the stats from this ride. i can tell you that it's about 80 miles.  i still can't believe i have a photo of the legendary dutchman. makes me holler out NORTHERN